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    Police have arrested a 17-year-old New Haven boy in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old student outside Hillhouse High School in New Haven after a basketball game.

    Around 8 p.m. on Monday, police received the report of shots fired at Dixwell Avenue and Munson Street, an intersection is a few blocks away from the school, which is located at 480 Sherman Parkway.

    There they found a ninth-grade high school student suffering from two gunshot wounds. Police said the victim was shot in the hand and a bullet also grazed his leg.

    His injuries are considered non-life threatening and police said an ambulance brought him to the hospital for treatment.

    The shooting happened just after a Hillhouse High School vs. Career High School basketball game at the Floyd Little Athletic Center that had drawn a crowd of 2,000.

    Spectators were in the process of leaving when the gunshots rang out and scattered, police said.

    Responding officers surrounded the school and blocked off the Sherman Parkway at Henry Avenue and Munson Avenue. Police taped off the athletic center and an ambulance arrived on Munson Street to transport the victim.

    Nine officers, including several New Haven police school resource officers, along with school security, were present during and after the game and responded to the incident, according to police.

    Police said they have arrested a 17-year-old Dixwellk New Light High School student in connection with the shooting and he turned himself in today. He is being charged with assault and weapons charges, police said.

    "Our most important responsibility as a school district is to ensure the safety of our 22,000 students, as well as staff, in our schools. I thank Police Chief Esserman for his department's swift and thorough action in investigating this case and for working with our school staff and security teams to protect our schools. I also thank our own security and school staff for doing all the right things to keep kids safe in school," Supt. Garth Harries said in a statement.

    No information has been released on a possible motive.

    Authorities also said two adults were arrested, but the arrests were for interfering with police.

    Police said they found a gun on the ground near where they made the arrests but had not been able to connect it to the shooting.
     



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    Police are responding to Hillhouse High School in New Haven.Police are responding to Hillhouse High School in New Haven.

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    Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Shell gas station in Bridgeport this morning and they are asking for help to identify the robber.

    Police said a masked gunman held up the Shell Station at 1912 Boston Avenue. He was wearing gloves, showed a gun, demanded cash and fled, police said.

    No information is available on which direction he fled in.

    Anyone with information about the crime or the name of the robber is asked to contact Detective Keith Bryant.
     



    Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police

    Police are looking for the man who committed an armed robbery in Bridgeport this morning.Police are looking for the man who committed an armed robbery in Bridgeport this morning.

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    Authorities investigating a prostitution ring involving underage children said they have rescued a 16-year-old girl victim who was found a Windsor Locks motel.

    In December, Windsor Locks Police and the FBI Task Force for Missing and Exploited Children learned that a “multi-jurisdictional prostitution ring involving underage children” was operating in Windsor Locks, as well as other locations, police said, and began working together to find the children involved.

    After five days, authorities found a 16-year-old girl at the Motel 6 in Windsor Locks, identified her and were able to remove her from the premises.

    The FBI task force arranged for medical care and for the girl to safely return to her family out of state.

    “In this case the Windsor Locks Police were able to remove a young child from a dangerous, unthinkable situation involving the sexual exploitation of underage children,” police said in a release.

    The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information about these types of crimes to notify police and help them find children.

     



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    Authorities investigating a prostitution ring involving underage children said they have rescued a 16-year-old girl victim who was found a Windsor Locks motel.Authorities investigating a prostitution ring involving underage children said they have rescued a 16-year-old girl victim who was found a Windsor Locks motel.

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    Family child care providers in the Connecticut Care 4 Kids program are receiving their first raise in 12 years.

    Home-based child care providers, union officials and Gov. Dannel Malloy today announced an agreement between the State of Connecticut and CSEA/SEIU LOCAL 2001 after nine months of negotiations. 

    “This is another sign of our commitment to raise the level of quality in child care settings, and increase opportunities for young children to be in safe and healthy learning environments that encourage learning,” Malloy said. “By increasing wages and providing professional development opportunities for Care 4 Kids home-based family child care providers, we are investing in our children and those who care for them.”
    The state Department of Social Services Currently operated the Care 4 Kids program.

    Family child care providers will undergo a four-hour orientation program that will include specialized trainings and information on the quality enhancement programs offered by the Office of Early Childhood and funding will also be made available to provide for a safe, secure and nurturing environment in the family provider’s home, according to the governor.

    Licensed-exempt families, friends and neighbors who seek licensure will be reimbursed for their licensing fee and will receive a one-time $500 bonus for maintaining their newly-licensed status.

    The contract agreement includes general rate increases of 3 percent over the four-year duration of the contract for licensed family child care providers.

    Unlicensed family child care providers will also see a rise in wages based on the newly adopted minimum wage.
    Approximately 5,000 providers who participate in Care 4 Kids are members of the bargaining unit and serve roughly 3,560 children.

    The agreement will go to union members to vote over the next few weeks and then go to the legislature for approval.

    Once approved, the agreement will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.


     


    Home-based child care providers, union officials and Gov. Dannel Malloy today announced an agreement between the State of Connecticut and CSEA/SEIU LOCAL 2001 after nine months of negotiations.Home-based child care providers, union officials and Gov. Dannel Malloy today announced an agreement between the State of Connecticut and CSEA/SEIU LOCAL 2001 after nine months of negotiations.

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    A Simsbury man has been arrested on several sexual assault charges.

    Detectives from the Simsbury Police Department arrested Dexter Burke, 37, of Hoskins Road in Simsbury, on Wednesday.

    Police said a warrant issued by Enfield Superior Court charges Burke with four counts of risk of injury to a minor, four counts of illegal sexual contact, four counts of fourth-degree sex assault and eight counts of second-degree sex assault.

    He was released on a $150,000.00 bond and was scheduled to appear at Enfield Superior Court today.

    No additional information has been released.



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    Dexter Burke  has been charged with several counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.Dexter Burke has been charged with several counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

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    A flight leaving Newark Airport turned around shortly after takeoff when it experienced severe turbulence, hurting five flight attendants, officials say.

    United Airlines Flight 89, bound for Beijing, returned about 45 minutes after it departed the airport, according to the Port Authority. There were 189 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

    Five flight attendants had minor injuries from the turbulence, mainly bumps and bruises. They were taken to area hospitals.

    No passengers were injured. 

    The FAA says it's investigating. 


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    Some in Connecticut trying to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act have run into trouble because they have been identified as being incarcerated.

    The problem is that they aren't in prison, and for some, never have been, according to Kathleen Tallarita, a spokesperson for Access Health CT, the state exchange that administers ACA health care applications in Connecticut.

    The Federal Data Services Hub is responsible for incorrectly identifying some applicants as being incarcerated, according to Tallarita.

    The data hub is a portal the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set up to verify information submitted by people who are trying to determine what coverage options and financial assistance may be available to them, according to the federal Health and Human Services website.

    Access Health CT relies on the data hub to verify identification of applicants, including information regarding incarceration to determine Advance Premium Tax Credits, according to Access Health CT.

    "We understand the frustration this causes consumers, and are working with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address the issue," Tallarita said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.

    Access Health CT is also helping everyone is incorrectly identified as being incarcerated, she said.


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    A San Diego traffic court commissioner dismissed the first traffic ticket issued to a person for using "Google Glass" while driving but the ruling should not be considered an invitation to users to wear the device behind the wheel.

    Cecilia Abadie, of Temecula, Calif., was ticketed for speeding while driving Interstate 15 near Aero Drive on Oct. 29.

    The California Highway Patrol officer who issued the ticket testified Wednesday that Abadie passed him doing 85 mph in her silver Toyota Prius.

    “When I contacted her she was wearing a device on her face known as Google Glass,” CHP Officer Keith Odle testified. “It was covering half of her right eye.“

    Officer Odle and a representative from the CHP Academy in Sacramento testified on what they considered the safety concerns of the device but San Diego Commissioner John Blair ruled they did not present enough evidence that Abadie was actually using the device when she was stopped.

    Abadie maintains she was simply wearing the device, which she does all the time apparently, and that the Glass activated when she looked up at the officer as he approached her vehicle.

    Blair found Abadie but added that he felt the new device does fall under California Vehicle Code 27602.

    That particular section, according to CHP, states that it’s against the law in California for a motorist to drive a car if a television monitor, screen or similar video monitors are turned on and visible to the driver.

    “Based on the plain language of the statute, the court finds that … Google Glass falls within the purview and intent of the legislature,” Commission Blair ruled.

    In December, Abadie pleaded not guilty to the citation and shared how her legal team planned to defend her against the unique traffic ticket via – what else – Google Glass.

    “There’s nothing illegal about wearing Google Glass while driving your vehicle,” said Abadie’s attorney, Will Concidine, adding that the device was invented after the current law was passed banning drivers from watching TV screens or monitors.

    Abadie posted a photo of the citation on her Google+ page, adding:

    “A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!
    The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass). Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong? Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the U.S.?”

    Legislators and others were watching for the San Diego judge's decision — a fact not lost on Abadie. She never imagined being a part of so much media attention.

    Though Abadie said she understands the safety concern, she said she typically wears her Google Glass all day – even while driving – but doesn’t turn them on behind the wheel.

    Google Glass is worn on the head, just like a pair of eyeglasses, and allows the user to take images and share content hands-free.



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    Abadie arrived to court Wednesday wearing Google Glass - a device she said she wears all day.Abadie arrived to court Wednesday wearing Google Glass - a device she said she wears all day.

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    Hartford police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year after a 33-year-old Hartford man was found with a gunshot wound in the head in a parking lot.

    Police have identified the victim as Mark McNickle. They continue looking for the shooter and are asking for the community's help.

    Officers responded to reports of gunshots near 85 Sumner Street just before 10 p.m.

    Neighbors said they heard seven to eight gunshots and saw a car drive off in the direction of Asylum Avenue.

    McNickle was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m., police said.

    Police said a car was seen speeding from the scene of the shooting. No description of the car or the shooter has been released.

    Anyone with information should call Sgt. Brandon O’Brien at (860) 757-4089. You can leave anonymous tips at (860) 722-8477.

    According to police, there was a dramatic reduction in violent crimes in 2013. Last year, they made 43 homicide arrests.

     

     




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    A 33-year-old man was killed in Hartford. It is the first homicide of the year in the city,.A 33-year-old man was killed in Hartford. It is the first homicide of the year in the city,.

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    Several parks in Waterbury have been torn up during the last few weeks and the city said ATV’s are to blame.

    On Tuesday, one of those ATV’s ruined the grass on the baseball field at Waterville Park on and the tracks were highly visible.

    “It is upsetting when you come out and see the tracks,” said Park’s Director Mark Lombardo.

    Lombardo wasn’t happy when he saw the damage for himself. “You see all the hard work the guys put in over the summer for the kids and someone comes out and does damage like this,” he added.

    Waterbury Police recently arrested Jose Vasquez in connection with the crime.  Officers caught him at the park when someone saw him riding through here and called 911.  The city confiscated his 4 wheeler and said it would make him pay for the damage that was at least $1,000.

    “We got pretty lucky finally catching one of these guys,” Lombardo said.

    Police still have not caught the culprits who ripped apart Fulton Park in December.

    “The neighbors are infuriated they're very upset they're frightened to have their children go on the sidewalk let alone the street,” said Michael Salvio. 

    Salvio said the same group took their ATV’s and dirt bikes through his Overlook Neighborhood a few blocks away.  NBC Connecticut was there after this happened and captured their marks on camera in this historic area of town.  “To go on city streets and go in city parks…you’re making it dangerous and damaging property,” Salvio said.

    Taxpayers could have to foot the bill for repairs.  According to the city, fixing the grass and medians could cost thousands. “This is not fair at all,” Salvio explained.  He said he was certain the riders would be back, and his neighborhood was on the lookout to help police track them down.

    According to the city’s parks director, Waterbury police are doing extra patrols by the parks to stop this problem.



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    The state’s Consumer Advocate and Attorney General are warning consumers across Connecticut about electric rates skyrocketing.

    "This is a big slam," said Jim Santi, of Stamford. He was whacked with an electric bill more than double what he was expecting. Santi said he got no warning.

    According to the attorney general's office, tens of thousands of customers might be feeling the same kind of shock.

    "I was totally blindsided by this. I had no clue,” said Santi, who has lived in his Stamford home for 30 years.

    Four years ago, he switched power companies and signed on with Discount Power, a third party electric supplier.

    Unlike Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, third party suppliers' rates are not regulated by the state. Things were OK, but then Santi got his latest bill.

    He showed it to the Troubleshooters. Santi’s rate jumped from $00.09 per kilowatt hour to $00.19 an hour --a 110 percent increase. His bill topped $1,000.

    Jim’s house is all electric, so he’s at the mercy of the meter.

    "There are no caps at this point on what a retail supplier can charge a customer,” said Joseph Rosenthal, of the Consumer Council.

    The Council and the State Attorney General are warning consumers to check their electric bill if they use a third party supplier.

    Some consumers might be paying rates more than double the current standard of $00.09.

    Discount Power is on the list, but there are a slew of other companies the AG said have higher than standard rates.

    Discount Power told the Troubleshooters some prices rise and fall with energy demand, which has hit record highs this winter. But the Consumer Council said blaming cost increases on market changes doesn't cut it.

    "There needs to be more communication in advance so customers will not face this sort of nasty surprise,” said Rosenthal.

    As for Santi, he's switched his electric company back to CL&P.

    "At least I know that I’m not going to get a double or some ridiculous amount that I'm stuck having to pay,” he said.

    The Consumer Council and Attorney General list electric suppliers that currently have at least some customers on rates higher than 17 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh): Discount Power, Choice Energy, Palmco Power, Starion Energy, Public Power, NextEra Energy, HOP Energy, Xoom Energy, Blue Pilot Energy, and Perigee Energy.

     

     



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    Firefighters were cautiously optimistic Thursday evening as they began to gain an upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire in the Glendora foothills, where at least five homes have been destroyed by flames.

    Dubbed the Colby Fire, the blaze may have been sparked by an illegal campfire that raged out of control. Three men were arrested in connection with the fire, which was reported at 6 a.m. and quickly grew to consume 1,700 acres.

    It sent thick smoke that could be seen throughout the Los Angeles region.

    Colby Fire: Evacuation Information | Photos | 3 Arrested in Destructive Wildfire

    Some 1,000 homes had to be evacuated as flames approached neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s online incident report. Many of those residents were allowed to return to their homes at 6 p.m.

    By mid-afternoon, the forward spread of the fire had been stopped and the risk to neighboring community began to subside, Deputy Chief John Tripp, with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said at a 4:30 p.m. news conference.

    Watch: Resident Wakes to Brush Fire Outside Home | Embers Light Trees on Fire

    Crews will remain in the foothills overnight to battle the blaze. Earlier in the day, wind gusts up to 30 mph spread embers but as night fell, the wind died down – something firefighters attributed to helping them gain the upper hand in the firefight.

    At least five homes were destroyed and 17 other buildings were damaged, authorities said. Two firefighters and a civilian have been hurt.

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    The fire burned amid thick, dry brush during a stretch of hot, dry and windy weather in Southern California. Temperatures near 90 degrees are expected in the area Friday, when Red Flag warnings are expected to remain in effect.

    "Due to the dry vegetation and summer-like conditions we've had, our department was over-staffed today," said LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. "Because of that preparation, we were able to save hundreds, if not thousands, of homes."

    The warnings come after the driest year on record in California and what could be the driest January in the state. The all-time low rainfall record in January occurred in 1984, when just 0.3 inches of rain fell across California.

    The firefighting arsenal includes SuperScooper air tankers, water-dropping helicopters and at least 700 personnel.



    Photo Credit: NASA

    A satellite image shows the Colby Fire, burning just northeast of Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.A satellite image shows the Colby Fire, burning just northeast of Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

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    Police are investigating a case of vandalism at the BP station on South Road in Enfield.

    Someone smashed the window, but nothing was taken, officials said.

    No one was inside the station at the time. Investigators are reviewing security video.



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    Police are investigating a case of vandalism in Bristol.Police are investigating a case of vandalism in Bristol.

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    Wethersfield High School was evacuated this morning due to a strong odor of smoke.

    The Wethersfield Fire Department responded to the school 411 Wolcott Hill Road around 7:30 a.m. when the fire alarm went off and school officials said it went off because of a suspicious odor, possibly smoke, in the building.

    Students were evacuated from the building and emergency crews determined the odor was caused by a motor malfunction in a 23-year-old rooftop air handling unit near the technical education classrooms.

    There was no smoke or fire and students were allowed back into the the building by 8:30 a.m.

    No one was injured and there was no danger, officials said.

    Officials said the incident was an equipment malfunction and it was not associated with the renovation or construction activity.


     



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    Wethersfield High School was evacuated because of the smell of smoke this morning. Students are being allowed back inside.Wethersfield High School was evacuated because of the smell of smoke this morning. Students are being allowed back inside.

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    Southern California seismologist Lucy Jones' job is to study earthquakes for ways to make people safer.

    NBCLA Earthquakes Page | Preparing 101 | Earthquake Myths Exposed | SoCal Disaster Resources | Make an Emergency Kit | Prepare for Large-Scale Quakes

    Known as "The Earthquake Lady," Jones spends a lot of time focused on the vast gap between what scientists know about the next big quake's potential impact on the region, and what the region has done to prepare.

    Complete Coverage: 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake

    Much of the existing knowledge comes from the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake that hit 20 years ago Friday, killing 57 people and causing $20 billion in damage: collapsed buildings and freeway overpasses, snapped water and gas lines, rampant fires and landslides.

    @RealTime94Quake: Livetweeting the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in Real Time

    The Northridge earthquake was one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history, an emblem of urban catastrophe. But it also provided researchers with loads of information to help make the Los Angeles area more resilient.

    The problem is that "very little has changed," Jones said.

    This persisting vulnerability, ranging from obsolete architecture to public complacency, remains among the most troublesome aspects of the Northridge earthquake legacy.

    Here are five top unresolved concerns:

    1. The Northridge Earthquake was bad, but the next "big one" could be much worse.

    In some respects, Los Angeles got lucky with Northridge. It occurred at 4:31 a.m. on a relatively short, unknown fault, and the brunt of its force was concentrated in less densely populated and outlying areas of the city. If it was stronger, and had spread through a more crowded, widespread area at a different time of day, the toll likely would have been much higher.

    A few weeks ago, Jones gave a lecture to the American Geophysical Union called "Imagine America Without Los Angeles," in which she outlined what would happen if an 8.0-magnitude quake struck along the San Andreas fault. This "big one" could decimate the local economy, mostly because businesses wouldn't be able to reopen, people wouldn't be able to get to work, and communication systems wouldn't operate. Under that scenario, many residents would flee for other parts of the country, leaving Los Angeles a much smaller city.

    "Northridge was not a big quake," Jones said in a recent interview. "It was bad, but it was only a 10-mile-long fault, and it was a 6.7. It wasn't under the city, but the suburbs. If we had the same quake on another fault, we'd have way more damage."

    The U. S. Geological Survey has estimated that such a quake could directly affect 10 million people, about 20 times the number of Northridge.

    "Southern Californians may not be so lucky in the next event," the USGS said in a post-Northridge analysis. "Another earthquake of similar magnitude could focus the strong shaking directly at a densely populated region, or the next earthquake could simply be larger with damage spread over a much greater area."

    2. Thousands of Southern California's buildings remain at risk of collapse.

    After every major earthquake, authorities examine how the region's construction held up, and decide what needs to be improved. Northridge was no exception.

    But that doesn't mean that all the weaknesses have been corrected.

    The 1994 quake's worst building collapse was at the Northridge Meadows apartments, where 16 people were crushed. The complex was a "soft story" structure, with open-air parking on the ground floor and dwellings above. Thousands of these buildings, supported by narrow columns and considered one of the most vulnerable construction types (along with brick and concrete), remain scattered around the region.

    Also during Northridge, the steel frames of many buildings cracked. The failure surprised engineers, who thought the steel to be earthquake resistant. Many of those buildings have since been repaired, but no one knows exactly how many others remain damaged.

    Some homes that were not bolted to their foundations slid off during the Northridge quake. Many similarly built homes remain at risk of doing the same during the next one.

    Pre-1970s concrete buildings, including some of the city's tallest structures, lack steel reinforcement bars that could keep them from collapsing in a big earthquake. An analysis by the Los Angeles Times found more than 1,000 old concrete buildings at risk of collapse, and 50 that could be destroyed, "exposing thousands to injury or death."

    These post-Northridge findings led to updates to the building code, a quest for engineering solutions, and calls for retrofitting.

    The efforts echoed changes made in response to earlier earthquakes that exposed brick (or "unreinforced masonry") buildings as collapse-prone. The city passed a mandatory law to retrofit such buildings. As a result, no one died in collapses of such buildings during Northridge.

    "That shows that at least in these areas we're paying attention to, with resistance and building codes, we're on the right track," said Jim Harris, an expert in earthquake engineering and president of J R Harris & Co., a structural engineering firm in Denver.

    The Los Angeles City Council recently agreed to seek funding for building officials to inventory structures with designs similar to those that gave way during Northridge and in prior quakes.

    But there is no universal mandate for retrofitting buildings, and oversight of individual retrofit projects remain spotty. Officials have balked at forcing property owners to make safety improvements. Attempts to create a public list of vulnerable buildings have failed.

    "Tens of thousands of bad buildings are still out there," Jones said.

    3. Not enough homeowners have earthquake insurance.

    One of the most profound economic consequences of the Northridge earthquake was the near-devastation of the housing insurance market. Twenty years later, it has yet to fully recover.

    Prior to Northridge, the state's home-insurance companies were required to offer earthquake coverage. Their policies, it turned out, drastically underestimated losses that would result in even a moderate quake.

    When Northridge hit, homeowners filed $12.5 billion in claims, nearly wiping the insurers out. The following year, most of the companies backed out of the homeowners market or stripped their policies to the bones.

    The ensuing crisis threatened to bring down the real estate market. That forced lawmakers to create the California Earthquake Authority, a state-run insurance pool.

    Even so, fewer California homeowners have earthquake insurance today than when Northridge hit, said Glenn Pomeroy, the authority's CEO. Only 11 percent of people who have homeowners insurance have earthquake policies, down from as much as 30 percent two decades ago.

    "It's not a rosy picture," he said.

    Why? First, cost. The authority uses modern data to predict earthquakes, which means that many areas presumed relatively safe are in fact at greater risk. That has made the authority's coverage a lot more expensive.

    Also, many people have gone so long without experiencing a serious quake that they no longer think about the risk, Pomeroy said. Some assume that they'll get bailed out by the federal government if they lose their homes. A smaller number don't realize that their existing homeowner's policy does not include earthquake coverage.

    The authority is trying to urge more Californians to consider earthquake insurance, while pushing Congress to approve legislation that would provide the authority with financial assistance to cut rates.

    "We do know that the next big one is coming. We just don't know when," Pomeroy said.

    4. The water system could fail again.

    During Northridge, much of the region's aging water system broke down, cutting water pressure to homes and making it difficult to fight fires. Most of the pipes, which fracture frequently during normal circumstances, have not been upgraded.

    That, Jones said, means that a failure during a large earthquake could be calamitous.

    A USGS report estimated that it could take six months for the system to return to normal after a major earthquake.

    "The DWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) is working at trying to figure out how to change this," Jones said. That includes working with scientists developing quake-resistant pipes, she said.

    This is not only a firefighting concern, but an economic one. If it takes six months to get water restored, that means countless businesses could be shuttered, Jones said. Not to mention the similar challenges of failed electric and telecommunication systems.

    5. Most of us are not prepared.

    In 2010, a study commissioned by the California Emergency Management Agency found that fewer than 20 percent of households have reinforced their homes or had them inspected for earthquake resistance. Only 40 percent had made family disaster plans.

    A similar proportion stored the minimum recommendation of three gallons of water per person. Even in the highest-risk areas, people were not as prepared as they ought to have been.

    "Those are numbers we definitely have to improve upon," Greg Renick, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services, said recently.

    The findings triggered a public education campaign that continues today. The culmination, every October, is the "Great Shakeout," a drill that has grown to involve more than 5 million people.

    Officials and scientists are working to implement state-of-the-art earthquake monitoring systems. And Gov. Jerry Brown has directed state officials to pursue the development of an early-warning system, Renick said.

    One of the biggest obstacles in the public education campaign is human nature, researchers say.

    Those who remember surviving a bad quake are more apt to take the threat seriously. They are also more likely to experience post-traumatic stress symptoms when the next one hits.

    But a bad one hasn't happened in a while. So that memory is fading.

    The key is preparation, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California at Irvine who has studied what makes some people more resilient after surviving a natural disaster.

    "We do believe that having prepared to some degree with supplies and a plan does assist people in the aftermath because there is a sense of having worked through what to do next," Silver said.



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    Damaged Kaiser Medical Building in the Northridge Reseda area of Los Angeles after 1994 earthquake (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)Damaged Kaiser Medical Building in the Northridge Reseda area of Los Angeles after 1994 earthquake (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

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    A water main break in the area of 55 Hopewell Road in Glastobury is still causing problems.

    Water is expected to be restored by 8 p.m., according to MDC and the road restoration should be complete by 10 p.m.   

    Officials from MDC said the shutdown "gate," or valve, was leaking as well, so several adjacent water mains had to be shut down to fix the problem.

    The valve was encased in a reinforced concrete junction chamber, which extended the time required to expose and replace the gate, extending the water service interruption, officials said.

    The actual water main break was on a 16-inch water main that was installed in 1941. It was shut down at 9:45 a.m. 

    MDC originally estimated the repair would not be complete until between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., but that was later extended.

    Sixty-eight houses affected on Hopewell and Lakewood roads, as well as Lakewood Circle, Papermill Road and Glazier Road.
     


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    The Connecticut man arrested after posting video of his marijuana garden on YouTube, is pleading his case to the public.

    Clinton police arrested William Bradley on Monday at a storage facility on Nod Place.

    “I was at my storage unit, and they asked if they could search my unit with my consent, and I told them no. They put me in the police cruiser and they got a warrant to search the facility against my will,” Bradley said on Thursday.

    Police said they found marijuana, hashish, cocaine, oxycodone as well as $1,000, packaging supplies, scales and drug notes inside the storage unit.

    Bradley disputes some of their findings.

    “I don't do cocaine,” he said.

    What he doesn't dispute is the marijuana and the growing operation he displayed on two YouTube videos.

    “I grow marijuana for my own medicinal uses and I also give it to people who have terminal cancer,” said Bradley.

    In the videos, Bradley asks for donations to help provide others with marijuana for free, rather than having to sell it.

    He claims the pot has helped to cure his own cancer. He said he tried to get a license for a legal growing operation in Connecticut, but got nowhere with the state or his own doctors.

    “They said they cannot participate in the medical marijuana program, and I am not willing to doctor shop because they are saving my life,” said Bradley.

    He says he doesn't want to grow the plants, but he feels he has to in order to help himself and others. He's hoping that people will fight to make it legal.

    “Please help me by calling your senators and your congressmen, and stop the ridiculousness of this being illegal, so people like me and other people with terminal cancer can use it as a medicine,” Bradley said.

    He faces multiple narcotics charges and is expected to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 21.


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    South Windsor police have arrested an 18-year-old accused of sending inappropriate text messages and photos of male genitalia to a female acquaintance.

    Police said a juvenile filed a complaint in December, reporting receiving the inappropriate texts and photos and police obtained a warrant for Justin Rondeau, 18, of Debbie Drive in South Windsor.

    The warrant was served on Thursday and Rondeau was charged with six counts of risk of injury to a minor and four counts of disorderly conduct.

    He was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at Manchester Superior Court on January 30.



    Photo Credit: South Windsor

    Justin Rondeau is accused of sending inappropriate texts and photos of male genitalia to a female acquaintance.Justin Rondeau is accused of sending inappropriate texts and photos of male genitalia to a female acquaintance.

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    A 25-year-old man who apparently jumped a fence at a United Water facility in New Jersey somehow got stuck for hours in a pipe there Friday.

    Workers arrived at the Manalapan facility Friday morning and "heard cries for help" coming from an area that has a wellhead with a storage tank, according to Rich Henning, a United Water spokesman.

    Police Capt. Mike Fountain said the man is believed to have left his home around 2:30 a.m. wearing only a jacket and shorts. 

    Manalapan Mayor Jordan Maskowitz said the man was trapped in a section where it bends, known as an elbow. Sections of the pipe were removed to get him out, and heat was pumped in.

    He was freed at about 11 a.m.

    The mayor said the man is known to police, but would not elaborate.

    Henning said the water supply was not affected.

     


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    A fire at Crowley Dodge in Bristol last night has been deemed suspicious and police are investigating.

    Both the Bristol fire and police departments responded to reports of fire at 1461 Farmington Ave. at 9:45 p.m.

    No one was injured and damage to the interior of the building was minimal, according to police, but the fire marshal deemed it suspicious.

    Officers from the Bristol Patrol Division and Detective Division also responded and the investigation is still underway.

    Anyone with information on the fire should call the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3011.    
     


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